Such a blessing is a true friend. Today Karoline and I were fortunate enough to go see my childhood best friend, Catlin. I met her and her husband as well as his family at Casa Bonita in Lakewood, CO. I'm not sure it's entirely correct to say that it's a "landmark" but I can almost bet that any Colorado kid has fond memories of the restaurant. It is quite interesting to go back as an adult to see how different everything looks through grown up eyes. For starters, has the huge iconic pink building really always been in the corner of a strip mall? Karoline was quite content to take in stimulation in every direction. There were Christmas lights everywhere, decorations and the sound of the waterfall. She loved it. 

I am so glad we were able to meet up, there are very few people in life that you can be away from for months or years at a time and still be able to pick up right where you left off. There are many differences now, we have husbands and families. But, our friendship is still there. Blessed. 

Today Karoline was so close to getting up to crawl on her knees. I've said it before but I am sure it's going to be any day now. 

Tim has a four day weekend and we are loving every minute of being extremely laid back. I'm hoping that in taking it easy he will finally kick the sinus infection/cold/cough of yuck. He literally could be the inspiration for the commercial that depicts the man who needs cough medicine to not wake the sleeping baby. However, over the counter cough medicine is not even a match for this!

We were driving home from Karoline's doctors appointment the other day and I saw a for sale sign on a house in a neighborhood we have wanted to look around. The house I saw originally was far too expensive. We ended up driving around the area for a little while and stumbled upon an adorable little starter home. We are hoping to take a look at the inside soon, Tim called the realtor and now we are just waiting for a call back. The house is a foreclosure. So, Tim would be able to do quite a bit of improvements and it's something that we could hold onto as a rental or could sell after a few years and hopefully make a profit. I am hoping and praying that if this is the path we are supposed to take that we will be guided in making all of our decisions. 

For some reason or another, I'm exhausted. Heading to bed to read a book on my phone, I love technology! 

A little here and there.

I have so many things I have thought to write down the last couple of days that I feel this entry will be all over the place. So, here goes the bulleted form of everything I've been trying not to forget.

Today when I picked up Karoline from her nap she smelled beautiful, really heavenly. Combine her sweet baby smell with her adorable toothless grin and I'm a sucker.

We're dealing with a bit of separation anxiety (which is making for rough nights), but in having Karoline on my hip to do chores I found myself looking down at her on my left hip and being so thankful to have my little "side" kick. It's such an amazing feeling having her want to be with me.

Yesterday my sweet baby girl mastered waving, clapping and feeding herself. I'm beyond proud of how strong she is and all of her accomplishments. Today she would get up onto her knees to crawl and would rock back and forth and then plop forward, adorable and she is getting so close.

Our first Christmas as a family of 3 was wonderful. Having kids completely changes your outlook on Christmas. I woke up with no hope or even want of gifts but more so to see Karoline playing with her presents/paper/boxes. She was such a sweetie, even though we had two very very rough nights of sleep prior to Christmas. I do think she prefers her routine at home in her room and bed. I am not sure if this is a good or a bad thing but I know now that I have a two night limit for visits. Not that I don't want to be able to spend more time visiting family but simply because that's all I can handle before I become completely exhausted.

I've started making adorable hair bows for Karoline, I'll have to add a picture of them in my next blog. I even was asked to make one and be paid for it. I'm hoping this weekend to go out and try to find the ribbon I need for a CSU themed bow!

Starting after the new year I am excited to start taking a little time for me. For one hour two week days and one weekend day I will get to go do whatever I like. My goal is to either go to the gym or go swim some laps. But, there may be the occasional trip to get a hot drink and read. My first excursion may actually be to get a pedicure and manicure with my Christmas money! Since I am going to get my time I plan to make sure to take Karoline to do something (most likely story time at the library) a few days a week so Tim gets some alone time too. I think this will be a great way for us to get a little "me" time!

Well, Karoline has woken up after only being asleep for a few hours ... here's to hoping this night goes smoothly.


So many firsts. Karoline has been a busy little bee these last few days. She has started to pick herself up onto her knees and "crawl" for a bit before flopping forward and resorting to her very speedy army crawl. She sure is fast when she wants something, most often a cell phone. We may be in trouble. I am looking forward to her opening her Christmas present from Santa, a fun adaptivity case for an iPod or iPhone. I think she is going to love it. Then she can play with our phones all she wants.

Our sweet girl is now starting to figure out the range of her voice. Today she would screech at a high pitch and I would laugh at her, then she would laugh at herself. We did this for several rounds of scream/laughter, she makes my day.

She has also started to "walk." When you hold her hands she will pick up those adorable little feet and lead the way to the object of her desire. I can't believe how quickly she is learning new skills.

Today we started sign language. Just a few signs: food, tired, more and all done. I decided it was time to do this now that she is attempting to clap as well as wave in imitation. Having children is such a blessing. There is no way to explain this wonder, but those who have children that they dreamed about and prayed for understand exactly what I mean.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a very cold day. I think we will have to come up with a new activity for Karoline since we will be inside for the entire day again. Maybe I will hide a few of her toys in each room and cover them almost all the way with a blanket. I read that she should be able to recognize her things now. Just the sure change of scenery from room to room should satisfy her sensory skills.

Until next time, stay warm!


Today was a day of mourning and realization for our nation. In light of the shooting that took place in CT today I have realized a few things about myself.

Facebook today was filled with posts about the sorrow and expression of hopes and prayers for the families of those who lost their sweet babies and family members.

I feel like I could write page after page about the different aspects of today. But, instead I will focus on what I have found to be the most important thing for me today. I saw several posts made by mothers who wished they could go get their child from school and spend the day with them. Right away my first instinct was to say, do it. Go get your child. Go hold them tight and go to the park and play and love and laugh. I know there are always things that you can do tomorrow, but today taught us that sometimes tomorrow doesn't come. So, for us tonight our daughter will sleep in our room. This is something that hasn't happened in a few months. But, if this simple thing will help us sleep better and will provide a little comfort then why not.

When I was at the store with Karoline tonight I found myself more aware of everyone around me and the amount of time I would spend away from her on a normal trip to the store. She is never out of arms reach but in the few seconds it takes me to grab an item I don't have a hand on her. I know that I can't always keep a hand on her. This scares me and makes me realize that I have to teach her to be aware of her surroundings just like my mom taught me. My mom literally made me fear the what if, but I credit that fear of the what if for making me who I am today. I take risks when I am almost certain of the outcome. That outcome is always a good or positive thing. I leave the unknown and wrong risks to fall by the wayside.

I hope and pray that the families who have lost loved ones in this horrific tragedy and in the tragedies that have happened earlier in this year find a way to move on. I pray that they know they will see their babies and family members again. I pray that they have the faith to know in their heart that they are in a better place.


Today I went to the grocery store and really stocked up! It is supposed to be a very chilly weekend and I wanted to avoid going out unless I have to or want to. Carrying in groceries in single digit weather is not my idea of fun so I made sure that we would be good for quite a while.

After going to two grocery stores I spent almost half of my budget for the month. However, this trip included quite a bit of duplicates. For example, today breakfast sausage was only $2.50, there have been times that I have paid $3.99 for the same item. So, I made sure to grab a few! In addition, most of the meals, if not all of them that we are making this week are meals that will produce left overs. Thus, our shopping trip for next week should be very minimal.

Tim was funny, when I got home he said, "Man, living is expensive." Yes, I suppose it is. But, I have an overwhelming feeling that everything is going to work out. It really always does. We have everything we need and most of what we want. Just right, good night!


Had a very nice lazy day today. Karoline took two naps and was content to just be home. Tim has been sick and I have a bit of a sore throat today. This morning we talked about how nice it is that Karoline is a healthy girl and that we attribute a lot of that to her be a breastfed baby. Then, this afternoon she sneezed 3 sets of 4 and the the last one brought out a neon yellow booger. When I was telling my mom about the color I realized that the neon specimen was indeed some squash from her dinner! Oops!

Bye, Bye, Baby

This last Friday Tim turned 31! I think it's safe to say he had a good day. In the morning he went golfing, then we all went to lunch at a burger place. The burgers were amazing! After lunch we came home and he opened presents. His big gift was a remote control helicopter. Yesterday he was playing with it and said it might possibly be the best birthday gift he's ever received. It was great, he plays with it like a little kid and the look on his face matches his excitement. Now what to do for next year ... 

The following day, December 1, 2012, our baby girl decided it was time to crawl! We were both blessed to have been here and to have seen it. I am so happy for her, she's wanted to be able to move for so long. She was so proud of her and we were equally! 

This morning when I went in to get Karoline (early-she's been getting up a little before 7, not sure what's up with that) she was still so excited that she can crawl. Watching her grow and accomplish things is down right thrilling! 

Tomorrow we have a busy day ahead. I need to run to the store and the post office. Then at 9:30 a woman is coming over for us to donate breast milk to her adopted daughter, Jaime. I'm excited to be able to help another family. After she leaves we will pack up and head out to take some play mats over to Karoline's friends house. Xander is a few months younger than Karoline and it is working out great for us to share all of her baby items with him just as soon as she is done with them. It's great to know that they are going to get good use and that we will get them back when he is done. There are so few people that it seems you can trust with your things and I know that Xander's mom is one of them. Refreshing. We will get back in the car and head over to see my cousin to pick up some new toys for Karoline from her daughter. I absolutely love getting things second hand or free from other mommies who just want to see the items get good use! 

Back in the car we will go to head to pick up a few items from my grandma's house for my Pampered Chef show tomorrow evening. We will also need to pick up a one more thing from the store that I can't get in the morning (needs to be refrigerated). 

Karoline will get to stay with her nana and papa. She has never gone to bed with out me before and I am hoping that she will do a good job for them. Luckily I don't need to leave until about 5:45 so she will get a chance to have a little bit of mommy time before I go. Praying she does well and that she doesn't yell at them too much. Sometimes the only way for her to fall asleep is to cry for about 10 minutes. But, I'm not sure if my mom can handle her crying. Guess I shouldn't worry, they will figure it out one way or another. Or they will put her in the car and drive around until I am done. 

I have a lot on my plate for the Pampered Chef show I am doing tomorrow. Hoping I will be organized enough to have everything done properly and quickly. No one wants to stick around for hours on a Monday night. 

That's it for Monday, now for Tuesday! We will get up early and see my mom off to work, head over to see Karoline's Papa Reed, go take back the Pampered Chef items to my grandma, go see Karoline's Great Grandma DeBekker and go see my friend Alicia (both are in the hospital). Somewhere in there we will have lunch with my mom. We will head back up to our house no later than 1:00pm so that we miss all of the yucky afternoon traffic!

So, I think that's it. This blog may have been more so to get my brain thinking in the right order so that I remember everything. Thanks for reading to my mental map out!

It is what it is!

When I climbed into bed last night I thought about getting up to write but was exhausted, so I slept well and here I am tonight.

I was thinking about this saying today, "It is what it is." It seems to have two meanings to me today. In one sense you should be content with what you have if you take it for what it is and enjoy every day. In another, don't read into things. Really, it is what it is. Don't make something out of nothing.

Sometimes I've found that I really need to remember this before I open my mouth. Nothing good can come from when you don't think before you speak. That's my two cents for today.

We had Karoline's 6 month appointment today. She weighed 15 lbs 9 oz, 50th percentile; length: 25 1/2", 25th percentile; head: 43 cm, 75th percentile. She is one smart girl! She handled her shots so well, I was really proud of her. She only cried while she was getting the shots, as soon as she was picked up she was fine and even gave the nurse a smile. Our poor nurse, she said that some parents blame her for causing their child pain. Some people!

This afternoon I had fun spending time with Karoline, we played and read books. She held up pretty well for having shots and even took an hour long nap. We got to FaceTime with my mom, such a neat way to be able to feel connected. Sometimes it's a double edged sward though. Often times it's great to be able to see each other, but pushing "hang up" is painful. Thank goodness we only live 2 1/2 hours away, any longer and it would be very difficult.

I am pretty excited about being an Independent Consultant for Pampered Chef! I'm doing really well and already have two shows booked for December and January! I feel like this is a way for me to use my degree. With a background in communications I am able to really do quite a bit with promoting my personal business. I know I could even be doing more. However, I'm still only doing "business" while Karoline is asleep. She comes first and that is how it will always be. But, I know that I will get into a routine and I'll be able to do more if I wish to.

I've decided I would like a new wardrobe and a new look. I need to make sure I feel pleased when I look in the mirror or look back on pictures. A couple new tops would help. My shirts all are very warn out looking. I also want to get a new brand of make up when it goes on sale next time!

Last words of wisdom, "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." I supposed I better learn this now versus later on in life. Instead of trying to get people to know what you are thinking, tell them. This goes for everyone in your life. Don't beat around the bush, be open to rejection if your approach isn't well received. At least then you know you were straight forward.

There are very few things that I wish I could do over again. About the only thing I can think of is my choice for college. I wonder what it would have been like to have gone to a college with a performing arts program. I really didn't even think of that as an option. I know that if anything in my life would have been different I might not be where I am today. When I was younger I always thought I had to do something received by the masses with my life to feel complete and accomplished. I feel more complete looking into this sweet then I ever have. She's makes my life just right.

Thanksgiving Recap

This year I made the Thanksgiving feast. We were so fortunate that my mom was able to take Karoline for 3 hours while Tim and I cooked. He really was a big help and the meal turned out great!

Karoline and I were able to spend a little with my parents before Thanksgiving. It was a wonderful couple of days. It truly is wonderful to see my parents love her. Karoline has always loved her baths, she talks and giggles and plays in the tub. Apparently she is quite the performer, with my mom and dad both loving her noises she went to town splashing and talking. It was really neat to watch.

I'm somewhat scatter brained right now ... definitely need to go to bed ... but ...

Sunday morning while we were at Tim's dads house that I was just in love with my sweet precious girls face. I always love her, obviously. However, that morning I knew I wanted to remember her beautiful she looked. She was laying to my right and we had fallen asleep in bed together, something that only seems to happen when we are away from home. Her skin was perfect, the curves of her nose and cheeks were just right. Adorable.

Today Tim got out the Christmas decorations for me and even "fluffed" up the tree. It was the perfect day to set up the decorations, very chilly and cloudy. In the afternoon I was able to take a few Christmas pictures of Karoline. Amazing how well our phones do with picture taking!

Ok, beyond tired now. Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday spirit! 

Weekend Recap

This weekend went zipping by, seems like they always do! Saturday was a lazy day with a few errands in the morning. Tim was my chauffeur and helped me get a few things done that I just didn't have energy for Friday night. We watched a few movies that afternoon, when I say watched I mean they were on in the background while taking care of Karoline.

Sunday was a football and pizza day, the Broncos won so it was a great day! We also found out Tim gets to go to a game in December with a friend who won tickets. I'm very excited for him, he hasn't done anything like this since we've been married. I think it he will have a great time!

Today we got up early to head to the doctor for a check up on Tim's foot and flu shots for the two of us. I hardly even felt my shot, I was pretty surprised! However, now my arm feels a bit sore, guess that's to be expected.

Karoline only took one 20 minute nap today, that's been rough. Not sure what was wrong other than maybe I gave in to easy and she got over tired from not sleeping. Poor girl. Luckily she always likes her bath and that calmed her down enough to get her to sleep this evening.

Speaking of sleep, my bed is calling my name. Good night all!


Visitors are always fun. Today we went down south to meet up with my dad and two uncles. My Uncle Hoopie (Jesse) was in town from Florida for a week and was heading home today. I was bummed that we didn't get to spend more time with him. But, in light of my recent discovery of having to take care of myself we did not make it down to Canon City to see him. So, this was nice a nice compromise. It was wonderful to see my dad and his brothers together. Unfortunately, I didn't think to take a picture of them, or of Hoopie and Karoline. I'm sure they were happy though. I can hear my dad's voice in my head, "Stop with the pictures please." I hope that one day we can get down to Alabama to see Tim's sister and then head over to Florida to see the rest of my family too.

Karoline was thrown off by the time in the car today. As a result she only took one 25 minute nap this afternoon. That was a little difficult for me, I'm not feeling all to well and it was a little bit rough as it got closer to bed time. But, never the less that adorable smile and laugh is all it takes to melt my heart. I've started to notice the last couple of days that Karoline will breath really quick and heavy when she gets excited, it's very cute. Normally it's even followed by a squeal!

Here's to a good nights sleep after my husband brought me a sandwich, I really do need to do a better job of taking care of myself. This time it was nice for him to take care of me, sometimes we need a little TLC.

PJ Day

Today was a fun day with my daughter. We spent the whole day in our pajamas! She slept on schedule every two hours for an hour at a time, once it was even an hour and fifteen minutes. I actually found myself waiting for her to get up. I miss her when she is sleeping, silly I know. Thank goodness I'm a stay at home mom.

Karoline had more bananas today, it's going well. I am so blessed to be able to stay home with her and to be able to make our own baby food. With being able to breastfeed her as well as make our own baby food we are literally saving thousands. However, that's not the important part...we know exactly what she is drinking and eating! I love this! I'm hoping that when we have a garden I can even grow some of her food, is that organic or what!

I closed my second Pampered Chef show today. I am so thrilled, I reached my 30 day milestone! This means I will get a rebate on my start up kit as well as some money to spend on Pampered Chef products and I still get a check too. This has been a great move for me. I'm excited because I am also using what I learned in school to promote my business as well as stay organized.

Karoline was such a little cutie all day, very happy and smiling. She hardly cried at all, amazing what enough sleep will do for a baby.

The last couple of nights I've noticed something around bed time. She gets slap happy! Completely giggly and smiley and almost gets a second wind. But, sadly I have to put her down for the night, again I miss her. I know she needs the rest though, and so do I.

Have a great night everyone. There's always a bright side.

Library Time

Yesterday we put Karoline down for naps 1 1/2-2 hours after she woke up, it was extremely successful.  She took naps up until 6pm, and she still slept really well last night, from 7:15pm-6am! We went ahead and did the same thing today and it seems to have been a good routine for her. She is such a happy girl when she gets enough sleep. I'm thrilled that she is finally letting us know what she needs.

Today was a fun day. I got up with Karoline when she woke up the second time at 7:20am and we had our usual morning play time. I love reading books to her and getting some early morning smiles. This morning we all went and had a family outing. Karoline and I dropped Tim off at the gym and then we went over to the library for baby story hour. I love taking her to story time. She gets such a thrill out of watching all of the other kids. This also gives me a good reason to get dressed and ready for the day and to get her all dolled up. She was in a good mood today and was very interactive with everyone. 

After the library we picked up Tim and then went to the bank and came home. The days seem to be going by quickly. I know that before we know it she is going to be crawling and moving on to bigger milestones. Tonight I had some play time with Karoline just laying in bed laughing with her. The word, "boo" seems to be a laughter trigger for her. I love the sound of her laughter. I love when I take the time to just enjoy being with her. 

We do a bath every night, this seems to get her into bed time mode. After her bath when I was drying her hair I realized that it is getting quite long now. About an inch, I couldn't believe it! I also put her into 6 month pajamas tonight, this was quite a trigger for me. She is getting older and growing, definitely a good thing, but still shocking. I feel like babies older than 6 months old aren't "little babies" any more. I can't believe the little baby stage is almost over. I know that the next stages will bring amazing and wonderful experiences. Just have to cherish all of the memories from the little stage. Luckily those 6 month pajamas were still a little on the big side. 

I'm getting the hang of Pampered Chef. I submitted my first show and I'm working on my second tomorrow. My goal is to only ever work on PC things when Karoline is asleep. However, I've been staying pretty busy with it. Karoline always comes first but I've found that when she is content and playing I can organize my desk or do a little bit here and there. I make sure that she is happy first. I think this is a good thing, she does enjoy playing with out me right in her face.

Speaking of which, every baby I have nannied for went through the, "scream when you leave the room" phase. Karoline is at the age that she should be going through this, if she is going to. But, she has not! I am thrilled with this. In my opinion she has not gone through this because I get to be a stay at home mom. Have I mentioned that I love being able to stay home with her?! Another reason why she may have avoided this phase is the lay out of our home. It's very open and she can usually see where we are. 

I think that's about all that I have for today. Tomorrow is a new day. 

Blogging Before Bed

Karoline must have felt my need for some real sleep! I also found that apparently blogging before bed allowed me to clear my head enough to actually fall asleep. Last night I was asleep by 10:30pm and Karoline didn't get up until 4:45am. Then she promptly went back to sleep and I was able to too, until after seven. Today was wonderful, it's amazing what some great sleep will do for a person.

This was day two of our sweet girl getting upset in the afternoon and acting hungry right after eating. So, we gave solid food another attempt. She did amazing and loved her acorn squash! It was amazingly rewarding watching her little mouth open when the spoon was in her vision. Such a smart girl. She didn't eat a whole lot of the squash but it definitely went over very well. All previous attempts at a solid food were not successful and she did not know how to swallow the food. She definitely is ready to keep trying solids. We also gave her her sippy cup with her squash and she did a great job with that too. She reaches out and grabs on to the handles and puts it right in to her mouth. Granted, she just wants to chew on it but she does know what to do with it. Watching her grow is beyond rewarding. I am so thankful that I married a guy who is supportive in me being a stay at home mom while our children are too young for school. I recently heard the phrase, "Risk versus reward." When I heard it I really started to think that in our case we are so blessed that we are able to stay home and reap the rewards of spending our time teaching our daughter. In addition, she is almost 6 months old and is a healthy healthy girl. She's had some interaction with other kids as well as public places but she is not put into a germ infested day care. I know that some people don't have a choice to avoid day care but I sure am glad that we are!

Through out the day Karoline went down for a nap every 1 1/2-2 hours. She seemed to really do well with this and was a happy girl all day.

We had a friend over for dinner. She got here while Karoline was asleep. When she woke up I didn't give her sufficient amount of "wake up" time in her crib before getting her out. This was a mistake on my party, when she got up she was upset and wasn't sure what was going on. She would stick out her little lip and really look sad while whimpering. She did warm up and was fine after a few minutes but I sure felt horrible while she was upset. Luckily it didn't last long.

Today was a great day. Hoping for another night of good sleep, lately I can't seem to string together two good nights of sleep. I'm doing better at realizing that not everything has to be done right away. Everything will still be here tomorrow and can wait until I make time to do it.

My goal is to make every day count. Today was full of baby smiles, laughter and lots of love. It was just right!

Love and Laughter

Today Karoline was up at 3am (I'd like to personally thank whoever decided that time changes were a good idea). She used to sleep from 7pm-7am with one feeding around 4-5am. Now it seems as though she is up to eat around 3 and then is ready to be up for the day at 6am. The only problem with this is that she now needs more naps through out the day. Which wouldn't be a problem if she weren't such a strong willed little princess. I must make the disclaimer that I would rather her be strong willed ... anyway, the only way for her to nap is to put in her bed and let her cry. I know there are millions of people who think this is horrible. However, it is the only way she will nap. She cries for about 15 minutes and then she will sleep. If you try to rock her, hold her like a baby ... anything that a "normal" baby would like does not work. She is far to advanced for her body. Her poor little mind wants to move and do what she wants but the legs just aren't working. When she lays on her stomach she air swims and can completely spin around but still no forward movement. Soon though, I'm sure.

Along with the early start today was coupled with the first real signs that a tooth may be coming soon. Her desire to chew on anything and everything she can see was at an all time high today. Poor little bug, I sure hope that she has softened her gums up enough that it won't bother her. I'm really hoping to avoid giving her medicine. Not because I want her to be in pain but more so that I would like for her to be able to have a natural remedy to sooth the pain. I've seen several different options. "Momsicle," just breast milk frozen around a pacifier. Oh, right she doesn't like pacifiers, guess we will figure something out.

This morning Tim said something that made my day. He said that one of the best parts about working swing shift is that he gets to spend the day with Karoline and I. If he worked the day shift he would only have about 3 hours (if that) with Karoline before she went to bed. We really enjoy our mornings. Plus, the last couple of days he has even made breakfast. Score. That's been very nice. I also feel like the house was cleaner today, usually Monday is spent cleaning up the "living" from the weekend and it didn't seem to take as long today. He is definitely an amazing guy. Still a guy, but when it really comes down to it he is pretty awesome, I won't get all mushy gushy. But, just know that I am thankful for the things he does. I have found myself not mentioning when I get stranded in the bathroom with out toilet paper. There are just some things that aren't worth nagging.

This afternoon Karoline and I went out with three errands to do: post office, library story time and the bank. When we got to the post office I quickly realized that today is Veteran's Day (observed), thank you Vets. Funny thing about being a stay at home mom. This is the second time that I've gone out with the intent to do things that were not accomplished because of a holiday. Last time I even had to call my dad (Federal worker-always has the national holidays) and ask him what holiday it was. Couldn't tell ya know what it was, mom brain? Any who, I tried my hand at the little machine at the post office to send my package and it was quite easy. I will be doing that from now on if there lines. I wonder if eventually they will all be like that. When we got to the library I was relieved to see a full parking lot and that story time was still on. On Monday story time is all ages, Karoline is usually the only baby. I still enjoy the break from being in the house even though she is not old enough to do the craft. Part of me wants to do one anyway with her in my lap. But, she seems to want to put everything in her mouth and I highly doubt I'd be able to get her to sit with me to do one. After story time we went by the bank, no holiday alternative there. So, two of our three we were able to accomplish. Not to bad.

Today I was able to make Karoline laugh while on the phone with my mom. Her laughter is golden to me. When Tim and I hear her laugh we stop what we are doing and listen. Then we try to keep her laughing. It is a glorious sound.

On my mind!

Today was the beginning of a new era in the mommy hood. As a family we have decided that we need more outings. Staying in the house all day is not healthy for anyone.

So, for our first outing Karoline and I went to an afternoon story time at the library. It was very neat to see her interact with all of the other kids. There was one little guy who was just about two weeks older than her, she had an easy couple pounds on him and could definitely take him...besides the point. They were adorable to watch, they were "talking" to each other and making sure that everyone knew that they were the center of attention.

We are planning to go to the library at least twice a week to enjoy the story time hours. I urge everyone to go to the library if you haven't been for some time. I find comfort in being at the library, there are so many resources and options now that were not there when we were kids. DVD's, MP3 books, the option to download PDF style books onto your smart phone, as well as audio books! Did I mention my mom is a librarian, that might be why the library is such a comforting place to me.

I had a moment where I really missed my mom today. I have a hard time with this emotion. My husband recently lost his mom, when I miss mine I think automatically to the pain he must feel missing his. I miss her too. I sure wish she would have gotten to meet our sweet Karoline. I am comforted in knowing that she knew her before we did and that she is watching over us. But, it's still hard.

So, we have the library as an outing. I'm also hoping to make it to a mommy and me group either this week or next. Another plan is to make it to the pool to take the wee one swimming.

When we lived in Canon City I always thought, "If we live in Denver there will be so much to do." Well we now live here, we ought to make sure we are doing things and enjoying our new location.

Switching gears...I started selling Pampered Chef about a month ago. It's been a nice way to fill time and I really think I am going to enjoy it in the months to come as I begin to learn more.

The woman that I signed under is quite a strong woman. She is battling breast cancer but still finds time to answer my questions, if it were me, I would feel like I would be the last of her concerns. She has two children and seems to not let the cancer slow her down. She has a blog to document her cancer journey. Reading it is painful. She is positive in the way that she takes it as it is. The bold horrible truth. I feel that admitting the situation is a feat in itself. To anyone who happens to read this post...please say a prayer for her and her family. Send positive thoughts!


A lot has changed since my last blog, including the title. Reed All About It, a clever play on my last name. Alright, maybe not so clever but I sure thought it was a cute way to tie in my name.

Karoline has grown into such a fun little person. She smiles and laughs and also puts up the best nap time fights, as she is right now. I'm trying to do this to keep myself occupied. She has been feed and changed, I know she is tired but man can the girl put up a fight.

Tim and I adore our sweet baby girl, she truly is such a miracle.

I am so blessed to be able to stay home with her and watch her grow. I wouldn't trade all the riches in the world to have to send her off somewhere every day.

That being said, I have found a job that I can do after she goes to bed at night. I am proud to announce that I am an independent consultant for Pampered Chef! When we registered with Pampered Chef for our wedding I came to LOVE the product. I'm looking forward to selling a product that I know I can stand behind.

A great new aspect to being an independent consultant for Pampered Chef is the "catalog" party. Which basically allows anyone anywhere to have a "virtual" party through my personal Pampered Chef website. I am beyond excited about this, I know I will be able to help furnish the kitchen of many friends who are not in Colorado. So, if you are interested in hosting a party or you would like the link to my personal Pampered Chef website please email me:

Hope you all have a great day and that it is Just Right!

I hope you dance!

I have a new daily goal!

My plan is to make sure that when I go to bed at night that I know I had a good day. That's not to say that every day is going to be "perfect" but, I will attempt to have the perfect attitude about every day.

That being said, I do believe that Karoline is teething, she sure did make my first day of having a better attitude a bit difficult. But, we weathered the storm and have made it through most of the day. Poor girl, she really isn't feeling too well.

When I get the choice, I'm going to dance, smile, laugh and love ... so that every day is just right!

To do lists ...

Do you ever find yourself wanting to do so much but for some reason or another you just don't do it?

I always find myself thinking that I want to do so many things and get disappointed with myself when I don't do them. The schedule that my husband is on for work I think plays a part in this. By the time we get up and going it's mid to late morning and when he is home I want to spend all of my time with him. This leaves me with the option to do things once he leaves. Well at this point in time I have already made breakfast, lunch and packed his dinner box, not to mention all of the other ins and outs of taking care of Karoline. And well, I am just about exhausted.

However, I've found that if I make myself a list of the things I want to do then it doesn't seem like I am as overwhelmed by these things rolling around in my head. Often times the list is actually shorter and more manageable then I think it is!

I'm off to make my list, I hope your day was just right.


The mommy/wife dairies starts here ...

The first few months of becoming a new mother are a roller coaster! The highs and lows of everyday life occur in such a speed in which it makes the ride seem like a blurr. I am thankful that the ride is always a fun one.

Today my little peanut was a bit gassy, I was a little tired and together we were a force to be reckoned with ... my poor husband. I'm off to bed to try to avoid being sleepy tomorrow. Good night world, I hope you all sleep well!


Thank goodness for the internet! How did parents before the world wide web survive? I am so thankful that every question I have can be typed into the google bar and ta dah, there's an answer. What a neat and wonderful parenting tool.

Looking forward to this weekend. Tim has two full days off, woohoo! We plan to go golfing, watch a few movies and have dinner with some family on Sunday. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


I am so blessed to have such a sweet baby girl. Her smiles make every day a new adventure.


Today was a wonderful day! When I woke up I was greeted by a toothless and beautiful smile. My first thought was that I am so thankful that I woke up and so did my daughter. She is such a blessing in my life and I enjoy every minute I get with her.

Babies are such a blessing and joy, I pray all babies are loved.


Today at 11:49 a.m. my 5 week old daughter rolled over from her stomach to her back. She did this all on her own and did it on purpose. She was tired of being on her stomach so she did something about it.

She may not do it again for a few months but I was beyond excited that both her dad and I were able to witness it! She is a tough and strong girl, I wouldn't be surprised if she did it again soon.

It's hot out there, don't melt away!

About Face

To Facebook or not to Facebook that is the question.

I have decided that some people take Facebook too far! Their entire life is either posted on it or far too much time is spent on it.

I'm torn, there are a select few people that I really like keeping up with via facebook but there are some that ruin it. You say delete those people, maybe I will! But, they always come back. Funny, who would have thought Facebook would be such a big deal.

Decisions, decisions, stay tuned for my solution!

Phone Blog

I'm attempting my first blog from my phone, as well as my first after having the baby!

We had a girl!!! Beautiful, healthy, Karoline Christelle. She is wonderful! My blogs may be shorter now as well as created on my phone.

Life is good, everything is Just Right!


After I watched the movie, "The Vow" last night I was left with a few thoughts. What if you had the chance to do everything over again, would you? If you did choose to do it all over again, how would it turn out?

Are we predestined, would the outcome be the same even if you had a second chance?

With my due date drawing near I find myself wondering what it is that I want to do. Funny that it can take this long to figure it out. Or maybe you never "figure it out." Maybe you do what you have to do (career wise) and enjoy all of the other things in life, the important things.

For me, it's the people in my life that make it worth wild that make it just right. I know there are some people who are career driven and that is how they define themselves. That life style was never for me, and I'd like to believe that given the chance to do it over again that I would come to the same conclusion.

But, I do think I know what it is that I would like to try and pursue. I've tried several times to write a book, but I've never finished. There are about three ideas I have rolling around in my head, maybe it's time to finally finish one.

Enjoy the day!


Last night I created an "instagram." I had seen several people on facebook using it and decided as a Mass Communications degree holder that I ought to check it out. I somewhat feel it is my duty to stay in the know with social media and all that it entails. One day I would like to own my own promotions company (Just Right) so I do think I am correct in thinking I should stay up to date. Anyway, my overall first opinion of instagram is as follows: like Pinterest, but all of your own photos. The photos are then posted via instagram and viewed by your followers. It seems like the photo version of letting people know what you are up to. Very facebook, meets twitter, meets pinterest-esk. I have decided I like it. I think that it will allow several people to express themselves via photos.

The title of this blog is, "insta-weight," we have covered the insta part ... now for the weight part. After going to the doctor for a prenatal visit I was horrified by how much weight I had gained in ten days. So much so that I didn't even want to tell my husband how much it was. I finally did tell him last night and he laughed. Everyone tries to assure you that the average weight gain is just an average. I think this is true, but it has forced me to reconsider a few of my diet choices. As mentioned in a previous blog I drink milk out the wazoo. This crazy trend is something I know that is contributing to the extra weight gain, but it's not one I'm willing to change. I figure if milk is the one and only thing that I am craving then I am going to continue to drink it because my body must need it. Plus, as cravings go, I must admit that mine is by far the most normal and healthy that I have ever heard of! But, with the help of a friend I realized that maybe my carbohydrate intake is a little high. I know I still need plenty of carbs, but the type of carbs can be altered. So, even though it will mean getting up a little earlier to create a better breakfast that's what I'm going to do. I have gotten a little relaxed when picking out bread. I used to buy two different types, one whole wheat (bagel, toast, muffins etc.) for me and then whatever Tim wanted for himself. Lately, his has looked a lot better than mine so I have taken a liking to his variety. Gone are those days, I refuse to be the pregnant woman who lets lose and just eats whatever because, "I'm pregnant." So, when I go to the store this afternoon I will make sure to purchase my version of carbs as well as a few different options for breakfast. Hopefully I can find a combination that is just right and it will allow me to stay at a healthy weight gain for this pregnancy!

Have a great day, it's Friday!


What a wonderful day it is! I was able to get a full nights sleep as well as a nap this morning, I am rested and ready to tackle the world, or at least my cleaning this afternoon.

After a nice walk Jake and I were able to spend an hour or so outside while we ate lunch. I am starting to see how living in places like Seattle would be a bit depressing...after realizing how wonderful it was to just sit outside and do nothing.

What's on my mind today...cameras! I would like to get a professional camera but have absolutely no clue where to start. I have enlisted the help of my friends on facebook and plan to ask all of my friends who have professional cameras what their criteria is for a "good" camera. Lucky for me, I don't think we will be able to purchase one for at least a few months so I have time to look around and learn a thing or two.

This leads me to a question, what kind of shopper are you? When making a big purchase do you have to have it right away? Is a good deal just too good to pass up? Or do you know that there is always going to be a good deal and are willing to wait and make sure that you are getting the most bang for your buck?

I would like to think of myself as someone who does my research, but I must admit that the camera I got for Christmas was not well researched, I wish I had looked into it a bit more and gotten a different point and shoot.

Anyway, tomorrow is Friday, can I get a woohoo!?!

Life is Like a Song

Wednesday, half way through the week...

The last few weeks I've counted my blessings while getting five hours of sleep in a row! Now, I really appreciate those hours. As for now, it's only a few hours at a time before I'm up because of some reason or another. Most often it's to frequent the restroom due to my ever growing stomach that is leaving little to no room for my bladder. The same bladder that is supposed to get more than a gallon of water a day. However, I have yet to complain about this because I know that soon my pregnancy journey will be over. I have tremendously enjoyed feeling our baby grow and move and I know I will miss this time alone with the baby.

We don't know the gender of our little bug, and in these last few weeks we have become increasingly more curious. But, not curious enough to want to find out! What a fun test of self control it has been. We decided we didn't want to know the gender of the baby as some what of a devotional. Our goal was to trust in the Lord and know that we will be provided with everything we need. As I mentioned, our baby shower was wonderful and we really did receive everything that we needed, and very few things that were just "wants." We are blessed beyond belief.

Time seems to be moving very slowly now. I am excited for this weekend, my mom and brother are coming up for my second baby shower, as well as a Rockies game. Despite the excitement I am making a full effort to enjoy every single day. There's a song out there somewhere, by some singer ... I'm horrible with songs and artist (movies and actors, totally different story) ... anyway, the song says something along the lines of enjoying today because you might not get tomorrow. So, my goal is to go to sleep every night thankful for the day I was given and feel like I made the most of the day. I think if you were able to really "live everyday like you were dying" (another song, might even be the same one, pregnancy brain) then you might have found the secret to living a just right kind of life.

3 Weeks

So, I've decided that blogging is like working out...once you stop it's hard to start it back up again! But, have no fear I have found the keyboard again!

The last three weeks have been a whirl wind of events. Tim's mom lost her battle with cancer and took her place in Heaven on March 19, 2012. In the days that followed we were shown great support by family and friends and were able to put together a beautiful memorial that she would have loved. I smile now in thinking that she really would have loved all of the flowers that were at her memorial. I am comforted in knowing that the colors and beauty of the flowers that we have here on earth are nothing compared to the flowers in her garden in Heaven.

We also were able to have a fundraising walk in honor of LuAnn that was extremely successful! The outpoor of support for LuAnn was amazing to see. The money that we raised has allowed for a little bit of relief and I am extremely thankful to everyone who sent their well wishes, came to the walk and made donations to the beneficiary fund.

In the mean time I have been able to connect with my mother and am very thankful for all of the extra time we have been able to spend together. We finally made it to "Canvas and Cocktails" and created beautiful masterpieces. Mom's is hanging in her bathroom, and when we move into a bigger condo I plan to hang mine in our guest bathroom as well! She was also able to come with me to one of our doctors appointments, it was nice for her to see where we have been going and to meet one of our potential doctors for the delivery. We also made sure to take a trip down to see just exactly where the hospital is so that when her and my dad make their way up for the birth they will know exactly where they are going.

To top off the last three weeks we had the most AMAZING baby shower! It was truely wonderful! From the fine details in the invitations to the very last flower on the tables, it was just right. We are truely blessed to have had so many people pitch in to help create a shower that was the shower of my dreams. I didn't have a traditional wedding, but boy did this shower make up for any lack of tradition that I didn't have with a wedding!

We had the perfect snacks, the fresh fruit was wonderful. Our dessert table was cute and had a little bit of everything for everyone. There were no silly games, instead we all decorated onsies, I am realizing now that I didn't get to decorate one. Hey mom, save one for me and keep the paint would ya, I'd like to make one!

All in all, it was just wonderful. To all who attended our shower or helped to put it together, thank you is not nearly enough to express our gratitude! One more thing, not knowing the gender of our baby proved to be the best way to ensure to get gifts that we needed, we now have almost all of the necessities for our sweet little one!

I have learned a lot in the last three weeks. One bit that I would like to share with you is the value of an apology. I have reieved two and have given out many. I am glad that I am the type of person who can take an apology for what it is and accept it. When a person says, "I'm sorry," I believe them whole heartedly and the problem or whatever the apology was for is erased to me. I am thankful to my parents that I have this value. I mean what I say when I apologize and I therefore feel the same way about what others say. So, my lesson for the day, "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." In doing this it allows for everyone to move on from a situation and in some cases, it may even make your relationship better in the long run.

Walk the Line

There's a fine line when interacting with other people. There are some who tip toe and avoid confrontation. They never express their true feelings and concerns and then there are others. Joey on Friends said it best, "You are so far past the line you can't even see it. The line is a dot to you."

Where's the happy medium? In being pregnant I have seen an amplified amount of these types of interaction. For example, I have asked pregnancy questions on Facebook, very specific questions. I get a million and one different answers, some of which have nothing to do with the question I asked at all.

Another comment I made was about wanting a second bowl of cereal. Oh boy was that a mistake, I was bombarded with people who automatically assumed I wasn't eating correctly. Just in case you were curious, I keep a food journal (started this the day I thought I was pregnant) on any given day I get more than the suggested value of pregnancy foods (i.e. fruits, veggi's, carbs, dairy-I think I could single handedly support a local farm- and protein). I was baffled by the fact that making one simple statement that people automatically assumed that I was not of the mental compacity to take care of myself and eat well.

But then there are the others, the ones who so badly just want to touch my belly but don't out of respect for my personal space. These people are my favorite, I often offer for them to touch it and they get the biggest kick out of it!

All in all, everyone has a way of interacting with others. Stick to Johnny Cash and find the line and walk on it!


Dancing When the Stars Go Blue

Yesterday was a tough day. Tim's mom isn't doing well, so we made our way home to be with her. I don't want to go into too much detail but I will say that there was a bright spot in the night.

When we left his mom's side to go to bed we looked up and the stars were beautiful. There really is a difference from the sky that we look up at in Denver and the night sky down here. LuAnn, Tim's mom, used to love sitting outside with her husband until the stars came out. They were especially bright last night.

Enjoy your Saturday, hug and kiss the ones you love.


One Person

The difference one person can make is amazing to think about. Take today for example: My mother in law isn't doing well at all. Upon hearing this news from my husband, who's tone of voice said more than anything, I was very upset. But then, I look over and see a smiling baby face looking back at me. Had it not been for that little sweet boy I am sure I would have gone through an entire box of Kleenex. 

I made a trip to the store after my day was over and there I was finally treated like a pregnant lady, I've been noticing this more and more. People hold doors, let you go first, get out of your way and apologize when they are in your personal space at the check out (a far cry from last week when a woman was breathing down my neck). The woman who rang up my items even made small talk about my belly and told me that I was, "So small." Needless to say, I love her. 

But all of this got me thinking, if a smiling baby or a compliment from a stranger can change the outlook of a situation or how you feel about yourself, why don't we do this more often. I think we should treat everyone every day as though they are the pregnant lady who needs a little more attention. Sure, a stranger might think it's weird if you compliment them. But, I bet most of the time that person really might need to hear those encouraging words. 

As someone who spends most of the day with an infant and then comes home to an empty house I have learned how important interaction with others is. So, when someone asks me if the soda I have just picked up is good I take advantage of every second of the meaningless conversation. People like to talk and be talked to. If we all seemed a little more approachable (I am guilty of a "don't mess with me face") and were willing to go out of our way to treat everyone as though they were in need of a compliment then maybe we would have better days more often. 

My wish for everyone who reads this is to take the time to do a couple things. Number one, don't beat yourself up, you are beautiful to someone and you should see yourself accordingly. Second, if you are unable to achieve number one then do something about it. In my case this included buying new face wash to try and get my face manageable with all of these pregnancy hormones. I also plan to have my hair done on Monday. Life is too short to be unhappy with yourself. Last, pass along that feeling of worth. Compliment a stranger, smile at the baby who is peaking around the corner at you or simply hold open a door. 

It's the little things that can help make your day and everyone around you feel like today is just right. 



Shopping while pregnant has proven to be not the best way to save money. What started out as a simple 10 item shopping list turned into a full grocery cart. Sure the majority of the add ons were due to the fact that I had coupons for items that were on sale. But, the two cartons of ice cream might have been an impulse buy.

I had planned to blog during the day today but was unable to use a computer. Yet again, I am pooped by the end of the day. I will be taking my computer to work tomorrow so I should be able to blog in full force!

Until tomorrow!


So many things that I want to talk about today but I just can't quite narrow it down ... So I've decided to do a conglomeration of them all in some what of a sing song manner.

My day started out with an hour and a half long nap, not a bad way to start the day.
It continued to fly by with a walk outside, we enjoyed the beautiful blue sky.
If it's going to be this warm, I think it' needs to stay this warm. I do not want another winter snow storm.
Went to the post office and actually didn't have to wait, I even got great customer service and help with what I needed. Isn't that great?
Politics, politics, they are every where. Pick me, pick me, don't pick him or him ... goodness, I swear.

I am trying to wrack my brain for a few more things to talk about this time. But, you see it seems the third trimester is upon us and I only have enough energy for one more rhyme.

More tomorrow, perhaps I will try to write during the day so that I have a bit more energy! A commute home in the big city sure is enough to tucker a girl out!



I have come to realize that it is hard to find time to blog over a weekend away from home. Not only that but it's hard to blog when you are still recovering from the weekend! To appease my goal of blogging often I am going to leave you all with a quote as I head off to bed.

"So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life's a beautiful thing and there's so much to smile about." ~Marilyn Monroe

I'll be back in full force tomorrow with a ton to talk!


Beautiful People

Today I learned that my mother-in-law had a rough day after receiving yet another blood transfusion. She has been battling cancer for 15 years. She continues to fight her battle even though it is no longer "just cancer."

I saw the quote below and immediately thought of her, I wanted to share it with you all. I hope that in reading it you are able to look within yourself to find the positive in all situations. It might not seem like everything is always "just right." But, I believe that it is. There is always a reason for every event in life, even if it doesn't seem true at that point in time.

"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." -Elizabeth Kubler Ros

Money Tree

Today I have had plenty of time to reflect on finances. I am lucky to have been raised with the notion that debt is, well, bad. You shouldn't have it, it's not good for you.

Fortunately for me I have a husband who shares the same views on debt. We are blessed to not only have come to this realization, but to have it at such early ages. We know that the day that we are able to say we have no debt will be one to celebrate, it will be just right!

My day was uneventful to say the least. On the bright side the sun is out and the snow is no where near here! I had planned to go for a walk but despite the shinning sun it is awfully cold out. Not wanting to get Jake sick we have stayed inside, probably a good thing, he's been a little grumpy today.

I had time to write two letters, real letters, with stamps and everything. I am not sure what it is about mail but I love sending it and recieving it. Maybe it's the fact that someone took the time to go out of their way to do something for you or maybe it's just the thrill of seeing something in the mail box other than a bill!

Today I am working a little later than usual. This would put me trying to get home right in the middle of rush hour traffic. Rather than sit in traffic I plan to wash my car (it is beyond filthy), get some gas, and then go Ross shopping! I only need to occupy myself for about an hour, but I have a feeling that I may just get a little lost in Ross. I am always impressed with myself though, I can start with a full cart and put everything back but the one thing I am looking for. That one thing today is a summer dress to wear for our baby shower and maternity pictures. I'm hoping to find something that is longer but is still flattering. Maybe something bright and spring colors!

The sermon from last Sunday's church service is online now. I encourage any of you that have an extra hour to watch it, I promise it will be worth your time.

I hope you all have had a great day, tomorrow is Friday! We can do this!



Last night I finally got to have the Ikea experience! My first opinion, "This place is as big as an airport." I really do think it might actually be as big as the Colorado Springs airport!

I was pretty pleased with the store. I was unaware that it had so much more than just furniture. There were quite a few things that I want to purchase for a baby from their kids department. I'm hoping that we will end up with a few gift cards to Ikea from our baby shower that is in exactly one month from today! The only draw back to shopping was that I didn't grab a cart to put my purse in. It was quite a work out shopping for an hour.

After shopping I got to experience Swedish meatballs with jelly. Verdict, good! I really enjoyed the pricing on everything. Now, once I buy an object that my husband has to put together we will see if the price matches the frustration of the assembly!

Here's a list of the the things I liked the most. The one thing I do plan on buy eventually is a dresser that I will use for the baby and the top will serve as a changing table. There are also some canvas bins that I would like for the top drawer for dividing diapers, wipes, etc. The greatest bib ever is also located at Ikea! It has sleeves and is basically a baby smock! Love it, once our baby is eating solids I will need to get some of those! A long way down the line I would like to purchase one of their bedroom sets, bed frame, bed side tables and a dresser. There are also quite a few cute kids room ideas that would be nice at some point.

After a long night of shopping I was toast today. Thankfully the snow that was supposed to come in today did not. So, my drive to work was just a little misty. My morning flew by, I guess that happens when you get to take an hour long nap! Unfortunately (and fortunately) my pregnancy has been text book! Today my pregnancy app was talking about how to ease back pain, low and behold I woke up all night and during my nap with back pain. Tim and I are astonished, this is probably the fifth time that I have mentioned a symptom and then looked at the app and that was the symptom that it was talking about for the day. At this rate I would not be surprised at all if our baby was born on it's due date!

Today I was able to get a few little errands done. I payed a silly photo enforced speeding ticket and on the bright side rescheduled our hospital tour! We get to go in the middle of April, which will work out just right with our due date!

I got to leave work about twenty minutes early, my boss had an appointment, what a nice treat. Who knew twenty minutes could make such a big difference in traffic, my drive home was almost enjoyable!

I did have a few goals for this evening, but I think that painting my toe nails is sounds quite a bit better than those things.

Fingers crossed that the snow stays away tomorrow as well!

Have a great night!


Today was yet another beautiful day!

This morning I decided to take all of the essentials with me today so that I could sleep in for another 20 minutes which was fabulous. After getting ready I felt great, I was well rested, my hair and make up was done!

We went on another walk today and the weather was great! After getting Jake down for an afternoon nap I even got to read outside for a little while.

Not a whole lot to report today, just a nice relaxing day. Oh, Tim got to go golfing today upon my request. There is a golf course that allows Coors employees to play for $13...well worth his sanity and for him to get a little vitamin D!

This evening I am finally going to check out a store that I have been wanting to visit for quite some time. I'll have a full report tomorrow!

Hope you all had a great day.


Slow Down

What a beautiful day!

I was so pleased with the weather today, we're not even going to talk about the silly winter temperatures and snow that are supposed to come back on Wednesday.

Today was nice enough for me to take Jake, the sweet baby boy that I nanny, for a walk today. First of all, jogging strollers are amazing! I love his stroller, it was so easy to push and to get around! I am going to have to search the thrift shops for one of those for our baby. We had a nice 25 minute walk around his neighborhood. In just the short time that we walked we found three parks! Tomorrow I plan to dress better for the weather so that we can enjoy one of these parks for a little bit longer.

Sense I wrote early yesterday I'll have to catch up on what happened the rest of the day. We made it to church, there was a guest speaker. I have never been a fan of any of the guest speakers that I have heard at a church. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I not only liked our guest speaker, but loved him! Once the sermon is on the church website I plan to share it with you all. If you have an extra hour I encourage you all to listen to it, there's no way that I can even begin to describe how wonderful the sermon was.

When we got home I was finally able to appease my desire for pancakes, I had wanted to make them for three days and finally did! After the pancakes the real cooking began. I had this great idea that I wanted to make two meals yesterday so I wouldn't have to cook as often this week. It all worked out fine, I made lasagna and beef stroganoff, both were very good. However, I learned a lesson: slow down. When Tim realized how warn out I was getting from being on my feet cooking all day he came into the kitchen and informed me that he is really capable of taking care of himself sometimes. That I didn't need to worry about his dinners all of the time. Little does he know that I know that his idea of fending for himself does not quite meet the nutritional guidelines that it should. Never the less, he was very insistent that I stopped what I was doing to listen to him. He informed me that I was going to need to slow down and he held my stomach as he said this. Do you think he was trying to tell me that at some point in the near future that being seven months pregnant might keep me from moving as quickly as I want to? Not only that but soon my hands will be busy taking care of a baby? Not only will I need to slow down but I am now realizing that I would have had more time to spend with Tim had I not been so concerned about meals. He mentioned that I would be upset today because I miss him and he is right. So, even if he has to eat a sandwich for dinner sometimes that's ok. The time that I get to spend with him is few and far between so I need to take advantage of it.

Other than a walk with Jake, my day was relatively uneventful. This evening I will make fried rice for Tim and I to have for dinner tomorrow. I think I will also work on finalizing the address list for our baby shower that is in one month and two days! Other than that, it should be a relatively relaxing evening, just right.


Letting go!

Good morning everyone!
Last night was an interesting night around here. First and foremost, let me start by saying that I got everything that I wanted to get done yesterday accomplished.
On my way home from the grocery store I stopped and picked up our mail. When I looked inside I saw two identical letters that held the answer to a financial question that we have been waiting for. I wanted to open the letters right then and there. But, decided to get back to our apartment, put away the few things I bought and then open the letters. I couldn't avoid them any longer, I sat down and opened the letter addressed to me. I could hardly focus, I had to make myself read and reread the letter. I quickly ripped open the letter that had Tim's name on it to make sure it said the same thing, it did. What a blessing, our prayers had been answered and we were going to be able to move forward with out this looming over us. 
These two letters taught me a lesson yesterday. A lesson that my husband has been trying to teach me for quite some time, the power of letting go. For those of you who know me, you know that I always have a plan and I like things to go according to that plan, or at least I used to. Tim has helped me to realize that everything is "just right" even when it's not. You have to, "Go with the flow," is a sentence I used to hear often. When we sent off the information for those letters we prayed that it would be taken care of. That was it, it was out of our heads and out of our hands. There was nothing else we could do, so why worry about it. In being able to let go and give this up to God we were able to enjoy ourselves and receive an answer that is a big positive for us. 
Letting go, some say that it's easier said than done. I urge you all to let go. Know that there is always a bright side and that when something is out of your control there is no use in waisting your time worrying about it. 
I was up most of the night feeling our sweet baby as it pretended that I was a punching bag. Can't complain, feeling our baby move is one of the greatest pleasures I have ever known. Plus, when it moves, I'm not worried about it not moving! That being said, I'm a bit sleepy today but we are notorious for lazy Sunday's so it all works out. We are going to church today, we absolutely love Red Rocks Community Church. After church we will stop by and pick up a Sunday paper, have to clip coupons you know! On the menu for tonight is lasagna, cesar salad and garlic bread, this a favorite around here. I'm a big fan because it makes for a few nights of left overs. Make sure to jump over to the "Menu" tab for the recipe.
Thanks for stopping by!

First Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog, Just Right, By Jamie Reed!

As I mentioned in the "Our Story" tab this blog is an outlet for me to discuss my goals and ambitions, as well as my day to day life! The idea for Just Right, By Jamie Reed came to me when I realized that I want to use my strengths and degree to promote businesses, causes and people. I started with a company name, and as a numbers nerd I loved that both "Just Right" and "Jamie Reed" have nine letters, it appeases my OCD side. Now, the plan is to use this blog to help me focus in on what it is I want to do and how to turn my business into a reality. But, that's just it, maybe my business will be this blog. Who know's but whatever it comes to I am sure it will be "Just Right" in some way or another!

So, I guess I'll just jump right in. My day today started out with a bang, I actually was able to sleep for a long period of time! A rarity sense Tim and I work opposite shifts. It's quite frustrating to love someone so much and to just want to spend time with them and to only get a few minutes every day to see them. As it is I get up and leave for work at 6 A.M. and get home at 4:30 P.M. In the mean time Tim goes to work at 2:30 P.M. and gets home at 11:30 P.M., as you can see we just miss each other. But, today is Saturday, so I was able to sleep in and wake up next to my husband and wait for him to wake up to spend a few hour together. Unfortunately, this is a Saturday that he has to work, but we try to find the positive in every situation and today it is that he gets paid time and a half on Saturdays!

I made it a point to go to the grocery store last night to avoid having to spend any time apart today. With a stocked pantry we had a large choice for breakfast, we settled on french toast!

After breakfast, we watched a few movies on TV together, one of which is a favorite of mine and my mom's, Overboard! Come to find out Tim actually really likes that movie as well.

I make it a point to have dinners made for Tim to take with him to work. I feel it is my job as a wife to make sure that he eats well. I plan a main meal, today was one of his favorites, chicken and dumplings, a few snacks (fruits, veggi's, cheese sticks) and a few drinks. Fortunately for me he is willing to always eat what I have planned for him. He says he is the fortunate one and that the guys he works with are always jealous of his meals! I'm glad, could you imagine how much it would cost for him to go out to dinner every night!

So off he went, despite the fact that I told him I would prefer if he stayed. He is such a good guy, always so willing to head off to work to provide for us.

Now what to do with the rest of my day. Well first and foremost I wanted to get this blog up and running. Next, a bit of organizing, I need to write a few letters and clean. The best part about living in a one bedroom apartment (for the time being) is that it only takes about an hour to clean. I almost forgot, I also need to make my way back to the store. Try as I might to only go to the store once a week it seems as though that's near impossible, especially when two stores are out of the face wash that Tim uses!

I do believe that is the extent of my day!

Thank you all for reading, and I hope you have enjoyed my first blog. Please feel free to leave comments!